Premraj Premraj - 4 days ago 4
Java Question

ImmutableMap.of() workaround for HashMap in Maps?

There are utility methods to create

ImmutableMap
like
Immutable.of(Key, value)
and its overload.


But such methods don't exist for
HashMap
or
LinkedHashMap
in
Maps
class.


Is there any better way to do this or Guava assumes such a map is always a constant map and
ImmutableMap
is best option to go with and don't need to provide a utility for
HashMap
.

Answer

Why would you want those for a regular HashMap or LinkedHashMap? You can just do this:

Map<String, Object> map = Maps.newHashMap();
map.put(key, value);

The thing with ImmutableMap is that it is a little bit more cumbersome to create; you first need to make a Builder, then put the key-value pairs in the builder and then call build() on it to create your ImmutableMap. The ImmutableMap.of() method makes it shorter to write if you want to create an ImmutableMap with a single key-value pair.

Consider what you'd have to write if you wouldn't use the ImmutableMap.of() method:

ImmutableMap<String, Object> map = ImmutableMap.builder()
    .put(key, value);
    .build();
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